Very Lazy Mushroom Tom Ka Gai

This easy Tom Ka Gai is made even easier with prep chopped and diced Very Lazy Smoked Garlic and Very Lazy Garlic – not forgetting a squeeze of the Very Lazy Lemongrass paste (my new favourite thing in the world).

What is Tom Ga Kai? A fragrant and filling Thai soup that can form the base of a chicken, prawn or even mushroom (which I ended up opting for!) dish – what’s even better news, is that you can whip this up in just 45mins!


I chose something I could adapt and make within an hour window of getting home. Something that also didn’t have a whole load of ingredients not in my store cupboard. There is nothing worse than after a long day at the office, spending just as long in the kitchen or shopping. Plus, creating a recipe from scratch generally takes me at least double the time once all the chopping is done. I was relieved that this was shortened and the fuss kept to a minimum thanks to the Very Lazy products. I was also lucky enough to be able to use x3 of my goodie bag gifts courtesy of the team after the media event I was invited to.


So shall we get started? 

Very Lazy Tom Ka Gai

(adapted from Adrienne’s Tom Ka Gai on here)


  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil (I used regular cooking oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped – this for me was x2 teaspoons of Very Lazy Smoked Garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/4 cup chopped lemongrass (i did one and half teaspoons of Very Lazy Lemongrass paste)
  • 1 teaspoons crushed black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 300g mushrooms (or 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into thin strips or 200g cooked frozen prawns)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 250g sugar snap peas
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander


Ready in an hour > 15m Preperation + 45min Cook

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat peanut oil.
  2. Stir in garlic, ginger, lemon grass, red pepper, coriander and cumin and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in mushrooms/chicken and onion and cook, stirring, until chicken is white and onion is translucent, 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in sugar snap peas and cook until they begin to wilt, 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in water, coconut milk, fish sauce
  6. If adding prawns, add these now and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through and serve
  7. Simmer until chicken is thoroughly cooked and flavors are well blended, 30 minutes.
  8. Garnish with corinader and serve

step one

step two

step three

step four

IF you like, you can add steamed rice to the middle of the soup or alternatively rice noodles to add a bit more depth to the dish. Just like this

Unfortunately I think I needed an extra can of coconut cream as in comparison to this image above, mine ended up looking quite brown – rather than the creamy white soup with flashes of green coriander leaves. This could also be down to the mushrooms that had been boiled down. I’m a terror with slap dashing and guessing measurements so when these things go wrong, I can only imagine it’s because of this!


SERVING: This batch easily made two portions and the a leftover for lunch or to freeze. The good news is without useing the chicken, you can reheat the leftover until your heart’s content. DEFINITELY avoid doing this with the pre-frozen prawns unless you want a day out of the office!

COOKS TIP: the estimations of how much lemongrass to use is on the back of the packet. And don’t feel like you are wedded to chicken either – why not change up the meat or veg like I have substituted with mushrooms (of any variety). Remember to slice these thickly so they don’t go too soggy

This is my entry into the #VeryLazyCooks competition to win a new camera (and hell I need it, @HugDeCook may rely on his iPhone, but my photos need a little jazz!)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s